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YCF Annual Conference 2022 has ended
On Thursday 1st September, at the Surgeons Quarter in Edinburgh
This year, we focus on the business essentials which are crucial to a young company’s ability to survive and grow. Over the lifespan of a business, founders have a number of critical decisions to make. Some of these, made early in the development of the company, have effects long into the future. Founders starting out need to know the basics (and many founders start with little business experience), but getting the basics right is essential for future-proofing the company’s continuing progress.
Our speakers will be highlighting the issues which they consider basics in a number of different contexts – staffing, marketing, operations, and finance – and explaining how getting these right can accelerate a company’s development, and making the wrong call can create a legacy which takes a long time from which to recover.
avatar for Dougal Adamson

Dougal Adamson

Old College Capital
Investor
avatar for Mike Allan

Mike Allan

Exterity
Co-founder
avatar for Ewan Anderson

Ewan Anderson

Eden Scott
Associate Marketing Director
avatar for Scott Baxter

Scott Baxter

Purpose HR - An AAB Group Company
Lead HR Consultant
avatar for Willie Biggart

Willie Biggart

Spoonfed
Co-Founder & Executive Vice President
avatar for Andrew Bowen

Andrew Bowen

Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre
Senior Business Engagement Manager
avatar for Lynne Cadenhead

Lynne Cadenhead

Women's Enterprise Scotland
Chair
LC

Louise Cardani

Photon Force Ltd.
Finance & Operations Manager
avatar for Katie Carter

Katie Carter

Burges Salmon LLP
Senior Associate
avatar for Eoghan Colgan

Eoghan Colgan

Continulus
Founder/CEO
avatar for Kerry Cowan

Kerry Cowan

SkillSeeder Ltd.
Marketing Director
EC

Ed Craig

Carbogenics Ltd
CEO
avatar for Mike Dalrymple

Mike Dalrymple

Edinburgh Innovations
Enterprise Executive
avatar for Roger Daynes

Roger Daynes

Roger Daynes
Regional Manager
AD

Al Donald

LINC Scotland
Development Manager
CD

Claudia Duffy

Alta IP
CPO & co-founder
GE

Gordon Eadie

Startech Partners Ltd
avatar for Craig Edward

Craig Edward

MBM Commercial LLP
Senior Associate - Corporate
avatar for Liz Fletcher

Liz Fletcher

IBioIC, University of Strathclyde
Director of Operations and Business Engagement
avatar for Laura Galloway

Laura Galloway

Heriot-Watt University
Professor
avatar for Fiona Gillies

Fiona Gillies

My Smash Media
Co-founder & CEO
avatar for David Grahame

David Grahame

LINC Scotland
CEO
avatar for Ian Grant

Ian Grant

Eden Scott
Director
avatar for Julie Grieve

Julie Grieve

Julie Grieve
avatar for Bob Hair

Bob Hair

Cazenove Capital
Regional Head - Scotland
avatar for Stuart Hannah

Stuart Hannah

Microplate Dx
CEO
avatar for Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris

Young Company Finance
Editor
avatar for Christine Hartland

Christine Hartland

My SMASH Media
Co-founder / COO
DH

Danny Helson

Danny Helson EIE
Head of EIE Programme Delivery & Investor Relations
avatar for Anne Henderson

Anne Henderson

Strathclyde University
Investment Manager
avatar for Lissa Herron

Lissa Herron

Converge
Enterprise Manager
avatar for Alistair Hindle

Alistair Hindle

Hindles Limited
Patent Attorney
avatar for Sheila Hogan

Sheila Hogan

Biscuit Tin Planning Ltd
CEO
avatar for Stephen Honnan

Stephen Honnan

The VR Hive
Software engineer
avatar for Rose Kendall

Rose Kendall

Young Company Finance
avatar for Danny Lee

Danny Lee

Burges Salmon
Partner
ML

Matthew Leyland

Lincoln IP
Patent Attorney
avatar for Fraser Lusty

Fraser Lusty

Equity Gap Ltd
avatar for Gillian MacAulay

Gillian MacAulay

Gabriel Investments Ltd
Director
RM

Rob Mackean

Numbersmiths Consulting Ltd
avatar for Stuart Mackenzie

Stuart Mackenzie

EIT Digital
Equity Portfolio Manager
avatar for Dr Poonam Malik

Dr Poonam Malik

University of Strathclyde & Microplate Dx
Head of Investments & Chair
avatar for John B. March

John B. March

Kromix Therapeutics Ltd
CEO
avatar for Guy Martin

Guy Martin

Eden Scott
Director
avatar for Patrick Mccarthy

Patrick Mccarthy

CeeD
Programme Manager Advancing Manufacturing Cluster Builder
YM

Yvonne McLaren-Robertson

Scottish Enterprise
Financial Readiness Specialisy
JM

John McNicol

Kelvin Capital
Founder and Director
SM

Sarah Middlemiss

Ecometrica Limited
COO, UK & Europe
avatar for Jock Millican

Jock Millican

Equity Gap Ltd
Director
avatar for Ruairidh Morrison

Ruairidh Morrison

MBM Commercial LLP
avatar for Mathew Norbury

Mathew Norbury

FC Laboratories Ltd
CEO
EO

Elizabet Ott

Continulus
Graphic and Digital Lead
AO

Allison Owens

LINC Scotland
Central Operations Manager
avatar for Federica Pasini

Federica Pasini

Hacking Talents
CEO & Co-founder
DP

Dave Pratt

Equity Gap Ltd
avatar for Dr Jennifer Rao-Williams

Dr Jennifer Rao-Williams

J-RAO Limited
Founder & CEO
avatar for Rhys Roberts

Rhys Roberts

Edinburgh Innovations
Senior Enterprise Executive
avatar for Karen Robinson

Karen Robinson

Three Robins
Founder
avatar for Markus Rondé

Markus Rondé

Exergy3
Co-Founder
avatar for Kerry Sharp

Kerry Sharp

Scottish Enterprise
Director of Entrepreneurship & Investment
avatar for Adrian Smith

Adrian Smith

Ecometrica Group
Ecometrica Ambassador and Former Group CFO
avatar for Alastair Smith

Alastair Smith

Lindsays
Business Lawyer (IPR, Data and investments specialist)
avatar for Douglas Thomson

Douglas Thomson

Pneumagen
CEO
avatar for Gary Torbett

Gary Torbett

Scottish Enterprise
Team Leader Financial Readiness
avatar for Simon Tricker

Simon Tricker

UrbanTide Limited
Co founder
avatar for Isabel Vincent

Isabel Vincent

IBioIC, University of Strathclyde
Projects Engagement Manager
avatar for Richard Walker

Richard Walker

Photon Force Ltd.
CEO
avatar for David Young

David Young

UMi Debt Finance
Investment Executive
PY

Paul Yuskaitis

Tri Capital Syndicate LLP